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|A newsletter for research & medical education||August 2009|
Pharmacy Residency Receives Initial Accreditation
The pharmacy residency participates in ASHP's "match" program that places applicants into pharmacy residency training positions—both PG1 and PG2—in the U.S. According to Aaron Michelucci, PharmD, Program Director, one of the major benefits of accreditation is the increased national recognition that makes it easier to recruit top-notch candidates from around the country. This year, both residents are from out of the area, whereas 3 of the 4 residents from the previous two classes were from Massachusetts and Connecticut.
The pharmacy residency is designed to produce well-rounded pharmacists who are prepared for advanced careers in a variety of practice environments, or for a post-graduate 2 year in a specialty such as critical care, infectious disease or medicine safety.
Graduates from Baystate’s pharmacy residency have taken a variety of positions, such as second year post-graduate residency training, school of pharmacy faculty positions, and one who was hired by Baystate as a clinical pharmacist.
The pharmacy residency currently accepts 2 residents per year, but is planning to add a third resident In July 2010. Dr. Michelucci projects that a PG2 program may eventually be added.
The first 2 pharmacy residents graduated in 2008. The residency's third class started in July.